Postharvest expertise in demand

The Postharvest Network provides access to a network of specialists and their combined knowledge on postharvest technology and supply chain efficiency. Stakeholders in developing and emerging countries now have the opportunity to address their specific challenges on postharvest losses in the supply chain with this network. Members of the network will develop practical solutions in co-operation with the local stakeholders so solutions are tailor made for the local situation and specific demand. In some cases this involves generating innovative solutions that can apply to a single postharvest supply chain issue. In other situations the issue may be more complex and thus several stakeholders may become involved.

Our Vision

Efficient solutions to food losses in postharvest supply chains need the co-operation of all three of the following: the private sector, knowledge institutes and governmental institutions. Private sector initiatives need to be facilitated and supported by an increase of knowledge through educational and capacity building programs, optimization of governmental regulatory frameworks and infrastructure, and appropriate technical support and equipment. This requires integrated programs to bring public and private partners together, and thus create Public Private Partnerships.

Our Mission

The Postharvest Network is a community of Dutch companies, NGOs, knowledge institutes and governmental organizations that work together to reduce postharvest losses in developing and emerging countries. It offers a platform and portal for companies working in developing and emerging countries that are in search of solutions for their operations in the postharvest supply chain, as well as for improvements in their supply chain performance. We develop hands-on solutions for the complex problem of reducing losses in developing and emerging countries’ fresh supply chains by applying practical and proven knowledge, experience and solutions to the local situation. Necessary preconditions are a good understanding of the local problem and the involvement of local stakeholders. As an interface for companies and knowledge institutes, the Postharvest Network establishes a connection for companies both in the Netherlands and abroad by matching demand and supply of postharvest expertise.

The Postharvest Network

  • Discloses to stakeholders the knowledge and expertise on postharvest and supply chain efficiency in developing and emerging growth markets.
  • Provides a portal with access to postharvest knowledge and to a network of specialists in the field of postharvest and supply chain management.
  • Connects with companies in target countries and links them to Dutch companies and their expertise on specific postharvest subjects.
  • Connects with knowledge partners and institutes in target countries that can contribute to postharvest research and development.
  • Goes beyond the one dimensional issues of postharvest losses and strives to generate insight into the complexity of local postharvest issues.
  • Applies an integrative system approach to tackle the complexity of postharvest issues in developing and emerging countries.
  • Develops postharvest solutions that are tailor made to the local situational and cultural framework.

Our Offer

The Postharvest Network provides access to a network of specialists and their expertise in postharvest technology and supply chain efficiency. We assist companies and governments in developing and emerging countries that are seeking professional assistance on reducing postharvest losses. The Postharvest Network analyses the causes of food losses, offers practical effective solutions that target the whole postharvest chain and tailor makes them for a specific situation and demand. In some cases this involves generating innovative solutions that can apply to a single postharvest issue. In other situations the issue may be more complex thus several stakeholders could become involved. Local governments can play an important role as enabler and facilitator to bring all parties together in the supply chain.